Earth Day Giveaway!

Earth Day is finally here, and to celebrate, I’m giving away three handmade reusable grocery bags and two packets of seeds harvested last season from our backyard garden!

The bags are made from upholstery fabric and cotton webbing, so they’re a bit larger than a plastic grocery bag and a whole lot stronger. They’re so much greener, and so much prettier, than both plastic bags and those store-bought reusable bags!

The seeds are sunflower and marigold seeds, grown and harvested organically by my gardening-obsessed husband and children. The sunflower plant is a dwarf, about four to five feet tall, and last year it looked like this:

Lovely, don’t you think?

To enter, leave a comment any time between now and Sunday night.  I’d love to hear about your Earth Day plans, a recent or favorite experience you’ve had with nature, or ways that you and your family are making your lifestyle “greener.”  Please leave a way to contact you in your comment such as an email address (here’s a hint — spell it out rather that writing it out, like anyoneathotmaildotcom — so you won’t get spam) or a link back to your own blog. I’ll pick a winner on Sunday night using an online random number generator, and I’ll announce the winner on Monday morning.

I can’t wait to read your responses!

Click here to leave a comment and enter the giveaway.


24 Responses to “Earth Day Giveaway!”

  1. 1 Valerie Mellema April 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

    The weather will dictate whatever we get to do today. It’s been raining a lot lately, but we recently planted 11 rose bushes of all different varieties.

  2. 3 Sheila April 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I really love these bags and assume they are super sturdy. Enough that you could use one to put the baby in when carrying in the groceries. These are great!

    • 4 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

      Sheila, I’ll have to check to see if one can actually carry a baby in one of the bags. If you can, I’ll post a picture. 😉

  3. 5 Jen April 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Miss you girlie! Love the bags…I was thinking of trying to make some for gifts this year…any chance for a tutorial for the sewing challenged! We use re-usable bags whenever we can.

  4. 7 Matthew April 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I like the bags and the seeds. And I’m the only one present to win!

  5. 8 Destiny April 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Okay, Matt posted about your bags, and they look awesome!
    I am putting a bin at my workplace for recycling for my department. Our town doesn’t have pick up recycling, so I am going to put a bin out, and I’ll take it to the recycling bins myself. The recycler gives a cut to local schools. We do this at home already, but we’ve got to do it all the time!
    I do already use reusable grocery bags (when I can remember to take them in) and I’d love to have something besides those stiff ones the store sells!

    • 9 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      Destiny, it’s fantastic that you’re doing that for your workplace. That takes real drive. I hope that the response is really great and that you have lots of recycling to take to the bins. 🙂

  6. 10 alison April 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Those bags look really sturdy!
    According to the forecast for today it is supposed to rain here. So last night my boys and I transplanted about 30 irises to a new flowerbed. I’m just hoping they make it. Irises are so hardy I doubt it will kill them, but I likely won’t have any flower this year.
    My kids love to use empty food containers in the sand pile we have. They use the plastic ice cream pails and the deli containers (on the rare occasion that I buy stuff that requires a container like that). Also instead of plastic shovels we get dollar store serving spoons for shovels. They last for years and rarely end up run over by the lawnmower.

    • 11 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      Alison, I bet the irises will do fine. They are so hardy. And you never know, you might get some blooms out of them this year. My kids like those deli containers in the sandbox, too. I need to look at the dollar store for those spoons. With four kids, we’re always short a shovel.

  7. 12 Amber April 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Looking around class a few weeks ago almost gave me a panic attack. There were at least 12 plastic water bottles on the table… and that was just one room, one class. I wonder what it would take to get recycling bins at WT/Chase tower? The bags look great, btw, but I have a bunch of them & part of my earth/life challenge is to not take on so many things I don’t need, so you can count this as an extra entry for Matt, he seems pretty excited about them!

    • 13 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      Amber, Matt was trying to convince me to keep the middle bag, but no, I like you all too much. It IS really pretty, though. If you win, I’ll give you the option of sending them to someone else. Not Matt, though. He has to win for himself. 🙂 I can’t believe WT doesn’t have recycling! I think getting bins there would probably make a huge difference.

  8. 14 Esther April 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Hey Girl! We miss you in DC. You are such an overacheiver, I am almost ashamed. 1 less kid and none the cute stuff I always see posted on here. I took Nina to a Happy earth Day class today where she made her own bag for when she buys her own groceries. The girls and I went on a hike to observe and enjoy the earth. Then after school Alberto, Nina and I planted tomatoes, bell peppers, and hot peppers. Wow looking back it was a pretty productive Earth Day.

    • 15 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Hi, Esther! I miss you all, too! And don’t worry, I’m not an overachiever. Look at where I live; life is very slow and simple here. That class sound fantastic! Did she enjoy it? I wish there was something like that here, my kids would love it. Maybe I just need to do something like that with them myself. It sounds like you had a busy earth day! I’m jealous of the vegetables; we just passed the last frost here, so we’ll be planting this weekend. But I remember how well tomatoes and peppers grew up there; we had neighbors with backyards full. It’s too dry for that kind of showing here. I hope you’ll post pictures of them.

  9. 16 Julie April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Darla, those bags are beautiful!
    We’ve been planting new begonias and I even bought a new Azalea bush. Texarkana is FULL of them every spring. Down here the Oleander is the closest thing you can grow that is hardy enough to take the drought and heat, but I saw an Azalea & decided to attempt to baby it and try my luck. To be green we put out Composted Cotton Burr all over our yard & flower beds. I know it must be organic because it smells like a barnyard in our whole neighborhood now. My neighbors have quit speaking. But boy our yard is getting green!
    Happy Earth Day!
    Your wicked step-mother in law

    • 17 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      Julie, I remember Oleander from AZ; it’s a pretty plant, but not nearly as pretty as azaleas! How is the soil there? We just planted some azaleas here, and we’re having to do alot to keep the soil acidic enough. I hope your bush does well! I’ve never heard of composted cotton burr. What is it exactly? That’s hilarious about your neighbors! They’ll be mad until they see how pretty your yard looks, and then they’ll start enjoying it, too.

  10. 18 Amy April 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I had a lovely day doing some outdoor photography. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the earth than to capture her beauty!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • 19 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Amy, do you have a place where you share your pictures? I visited your blog, and I love the pictures you took of Gettysburg. They’re beautiful!

  11. 20 Lea Blackburn April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Dad and I have planted a garden both from starter plants and seeds. Since we live on a rocky hill in “Stone” County Missouri, it is hard to grow anything among the rocks so we planted our garden in a child’s swimming pool with holes pocked in the bottom. I do not know how green this is but we have used it in past years and harvested a lot of strawberries in it. Of course we cover it with chicken wire so the animals don’t have dinner from our garden. We have cucumbers, leaf lettuce, radishes and spring onions planted this year. We are hoping for lots of fresh veggies from it.

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    • 21 everydaychaos April 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      I think it’s fine to use a swimming pool! That’s basically what we do, except with 2 by 4’s. How is the lettuce doing? And the radishes? They grow so fast, they’re the funnest garden crop, I think.

  12. 22 Patricia April 24, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I work with kiddos and we created this week using only pre-used materials (cereal boxes, packaging materials etc.) We used flour/water paste instead of the products with unknown chemicals. We do this a lot through the year but made a big deal about it this week due to Earth Day.

    I love the bags and am trying to get back to gardening this year since I’ll be home a lot more this summer than in the past.


  13. 23 Dana April 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    This Earth day my daughter and I planted some flowers in our yard. We also started recycling recently. It is amazing how long our trash bag lasts now that we don’t put recyclables in it!
    Love your blog! sewfun01atgmaildotcom
    Check out my etsy shop!

  14. 24 Lisette April 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    For earth day I planted trees in a nearby park 😉 I also recycle like a crazy madwoman and make ehem I mean ask my family nicely, to do the same

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